Annoying sound. Dream stopped dead in its tracks. No more annoying pig flying around his house. Must have been a dream, he thinks to himself. Annoying sound. Annoying sound again. A sleepy hand reaches over and hits the snooze button on his phone. A few minutes pass by before the annoying sound kicks in again. His hand reaches out again and types his code in slowly to unlock his iPhone. Groggily he brings his phone close to his face, and without really looking, he turns off the alarm.
The heart of an individual is a deep and wide expanse, able to carry a great wealth of both good and evil. Another name for the mind, the heart is a highly functioning instrument that has the ability to build skyscrapers or leave deep trenches where mountains once stood. It is a gift that hungers to be fed. Depending on the choices of the individual, the heart will feed upon things that will enlighten it for all things that are wholesome, healthy and happy. Or, it can feed upon the things that tear down and destroy.
Do you remember the Looney Tunes character, Elmer Fudd? This brave and keen hunter was always on the quest for that wascally-wabbit, Bugs Bunny. Besides his most imitable voice, one of my favorite scenes that reappeared from time to time was when Elmer had caught up to his sly foe, gun barrel right in the nose of his pretentious prize, with his finger firmly attached to its hair-pinned trigger.
The trouble with life is trouble in life. Troubles can give us the feelings that the world is somehow crashing in around us, and that there is very little if anywhere we can turn to for relief. Whether brought on by self or others, problems arise that have the potential of crushing us if we do not get some help. Troubles arise in marriages, parent/child relationships, extended family, neighbors, law infringements in society whether intended or falsely accused, finances, and sometimes within one’s own body. Troubles come in many shapes and sizes. Predicaments of sorts, these little (and sometimes big) dilemmas that arise can do one of two things. They can either overwhelm us or they can refine us and make us better. Much depends on how we handle them.
“Then the king’s color changed, and his thoughts alarmed him; his limbs gave way, and his knees knocked together,” Daniel 5:6
It is hard to imagine a time in history when men did not drive automobiles. To think that just a little over a hundred years ago there were no cars whatsoever is hard to envision. What would ole Abe Lincoln think if he were brought back to life in the 21st century? Imagine the shock he would feel beholding Spaghetti Junction at the I-285 and I-85 interchange at most any time of the day.
Have you ever been driving down the road for a period of time and found your eyes getting heavier and heavier? If you have, then you probably know and even appreciate what a shock it gives you when your wheels cross into the grooved area on the sides of most roads these day that are designed to keep drivers awake. Put it this way, if you were a little tired, such an experience would certainly wake you up enough to know it is time to pull over and take a walk.